The plain Truths of the Gospel ... A Discourse Deliver’d at Hanover, December 1st. 1756. When the Reverend Mr. Samuel Baldwin was Ordained Pastor of the Church there.
A gift from a Boston Patriot; a rare 1757 colonial Boston imprint
Colonial Boston sermon given on the occasion of the installation of the Reverend Samuel Baldwin (1731-1784) as pastor of the First Congregational church in Hanover, Massachusetts.
At the foot of page 27 is an interesting provenance : “Lydia Studley Her Book. Given to her by the Reverend Mr. Samuel Baldwin.” She is likely (parishioner?) Lydia Studley (1748–1828) of Hanover, Plymouth County, Massachusetts:
Baldwin became a fervent American Revolution patriot. A Harvard College graduate, “he [carried] his arms to church; and on one occasion, while the British were lying at Boston and infesting the coast, he thanked the Lord ‘that there was hemp sufficient to hang all the Tories.’”¹
The author Rev. William Cook was born in Hadley, Massachusetts in 1696. He also graduated from Harvard and became pastor of the East Church in Sudbury (Baldwin’s birthplace) until his death in 1760.² Here, Cook preaches on St. Paul’s farewell sermon to the Church at Ephesus as recounted in Acts 20:20—“I kept back nothing that was profitable to you”—words quite suitable for an ordinand beginning his ministry.
John Stetson Barry’s A Historical Sketch of the Town of Hanover (1853) notes Baldwin “officiated as a Chaplain in the Army, and gave eloquent exhortations to his own flocks at home and to the minute men of the town” (pp65–66) and that he is listed on the Staff Officers Roll in 1776 as Chaplain upon the Bristol Alarm. (p121)
Description: The plain Truths of the Gospel ... A Discourse Deliver’d at Hanover, December 1st. 1756. When the Reverend Mr. Samuel Baldwin was Ordained Pastor of the Church there.
Boston; New-England, Printed by Green & Russell at their Office in Queen-street, M,DCC,LVII. . First Edition. 27, [1 (blank)]pp. Small 8vo. In contemporary, homemade, two-piece coarse paper cover with annotations; hand-stitched. Ownership inscriptions: on upper homemade cover, “Lydia Studley Her Book”, and on verso of final leaf, “Lydia Studley.” Cover and all pages with rounded corners; foxing and minor soiling; without half-title, else very good.
ESTC W28888. Evans 7879. Sabin 16294. Thomas, History of Printing in America, p534. Notes. 1. Baldwin, The Baldwin Genealogy, from 1500 to 1881 (Cleveland, 1881), p624. 2. Hudson, The History of Sudbury, Massachusetts. 1638-1889. (Sudbury, 1889), p291.